A failure by Congress to pass a 2016 budget by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year would delay several new classified and unclassified programs aimed at improving U.S. space protection and counter space capabilities, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said Sept. 16.
U.S. Air Force Space Command plans to announce Sept. 14 that a new space operations center for the Pentagon and intelligence community will begin testing and experiments Oct. 1 at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, according to a document obtained by SpaceNews.
The rise of space-based threats from Russia and China is creating an urgent need for the U.S. to respond to its adversaries weaponizing space.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency now envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford said the protection of the military's satellites should be a higher national security priority.
Emerging threats from Russia and China and an eye-opening government study known as the Space Portfolio Review have led the White House to add as much as $8 billion to intelligence and defense budgets over the next five years for activities to improve the resiliency of U.S. national security space capabilities, sources told SpaceNews.
Europe’s fitful attempt to create an independent space surveillance network took a step forward June 16 when five nations formed a consortium to coordinate their existing optical and radar tracking telescopes in a five-year effort funded by the 28-nation European Union.
The deputy commander of Strategic Command said June 16 he could envision transitioning the duties currently performed by its Joint Space Operations Center to another organization, in much the same way that air traffic management is handled by the FAA.
Where is the push for a space arms control agreement?
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
“It’s a competition that I wish wasn't occurring, but it is. And if we're threatened in space, we have the right of self-defense, and we’ll make sure we can execute that right,” Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, told 60 Minutes in an interview that aired April 26.
The U.S. Air Force appears to have cooled on a space architecture concept that entails distributing capabilities across a larger number of satellite platforms.
Two suspicious and potentially dangerous launches by Russia, including one "a few weeks ago," along with a Chinese launch in July of what U.S. military officials said was an antisatellite missile, are hard indicators that the threat to U.S. satellites is only increasing, according to senior U.S. Air Force officer.